Test Preparation Strategies for Sociology
Several test preparation strategies are useful for most sociology courses: study groups, study guides, and practice questions.
Work with other students in the class to prepare for tests. Here are some ideas of what you can do as a group:
Study guides provide an organized summary of the information to be learned for an exam. They are used to guide or structure one's test preparation sessions. The information on a study guide may arranged in a number of formats: outline form, by type of information (terms, people, concepts, etc.), or by subject or major topic.
Working individually or with a study group, make up and answer practice questions in order to prepare for an exam. First find out what types of questions (essay, fill-in, identification, true-false, etc.) will be asked on the test. Then use the notes, book, and study guides to write these types of questions. If the lecture notes were recorded using the Cornell method, use the recall column to write questions. In the book, try turning headings, illustrations, and bold words into questions, or look for review questions at the end of each chapter. After answering the sample questions, focus on ways of remembering the information. For essays, organize the answer in some rememberable format like an outline, a matrix, or a mind map.